Tim

Johnson

, Australia

Posted on
2020-02-19 19:55:57
“I live in Australia, but I am concerned about these regulations as USA law tends to transfer / be used as precedent by our jurisdiction. I have 32 models and paying to register each one and have each one on some data plan (even if fitting remote ID were practical) would cost far too much. Of major concern is the proposal to not allow more approved flying locations in future – and if this is the only place you can fly RC planes then this is essentially destroying the future of the hobby. The FAA (and others) need to differentiate GPS enabled drones with model aircraft not lump them all together. All remote ID will show is model planes flying around and around a field. Sure, one could use it a a weapon and take it to an airport – but do you really think these people will fly a plane with FAA approved remote ID? My son has recently become interested in slope soaring. this is typically carried out along coastal dunes. These are not practical places where an official flying location can be set up. The gliders have no motor and as such have limited range – remote ID would probably kill this activity. The hobby has become far more accessible in recent years due to the availability of cheap electric powered foam models. And even then we see limited growth from youth involvement due to competition with computer games and other forms of instant gratification. The FAA proposal would send this backward to when only rich people could afford RC gear. In an age where we are struggling to get kids off computer games and into the outdoors, why do we need to put more barriers in place? The hobby has an excellent safety record. All of the incidents listed by the FAA involve MULTI-ROTOR DRONES, NOT MODEL PLANES. Why are you punishing us with draconian legislation that will make no difference? There should be an exemption for ANY RC flying object that requires line of sight control or where the usage pattern stays within a restricted area (e.g. drone racing). For FPV perhaps more is needed, but make something practical and low cost.”
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